A night time photograph of a wood-slatted identity totem.A night time photograph of a wood-slatted identity totem.A night time photograph of a wood-slatted identity totem.A night time photograph of a wood-slatted identity totem.A night time photograph of a wood-slatted identity totem.

Mount Hope, West Virginia

Base Camp Charlie

The Boy Scouts of America’s Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia is the new home of the 10-day BSA National Jamboree, which attracts 40,000 scouts and an additional 50,000 visitors for the event held once every four years.

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Located on a 10,000-acre site adjacent to the New River Gorge National Park Area, the Summit is a unique high-adventure camp. The identity and wayfinding signage program, developed by RSM Design, was designed to guide scouts and visitors to the site amenities and campsite areas. RSM’s program responds to the natural context of the site as well as the crafted qualities of local materials, mixed with the contemporary attitudes of the adventure activities to create unique juxtapositions within the sign designs. Sign components were designed to be inexpensive and flexible, with no extraneous material usage or superfluous detailing.

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Trinity Works, Lake Flato, Lake Flato, De Leon & Primmer, Fernau + Hartman Architects, Nelson Byrd Woltz and Androprogon Associates